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    Mervin Yeow's Music Theory for Violinists

    Mervin Yeow has written this series of music theory books just for violinists.

    Music Theory for Young Violinists is a great starting point for young children beginning their violin studies.  It has been pitched for age 10 and younger. The four books will allow them to move into Grade 1 theory.

    These four music theory books aims to teach the fundamentals of music theory from a violin approach by introducing topics that are related to the violin first to ease the learning process of young students. Rather than the keyboard, the fingerboard of the violin is used as a reference for accidentals and semitone/tone learning.  They'll also love the colouring in and stickers.

    Music Theory for Violinists has been written for older students age 10 and above.  These four books aim to teach the fundamentals of music theory from a violin-approach by introducing topics related to the violin in the first three books and the other parts of the theory syllabus in the 4th book.  After completing this book violin students will have gained a strong foundation to allow them to move to Grade 1 Music Theory.

    Why Music Theory for Violinists?

    • Bass clef is not included until Book 4 to avoid confusion 
    • Notes on the treble clef are arranged in a way that teachers can choose to start teaching the notes by strings, or by fingers (from open string, 1st finger, 2nd finger followed by 3rd finger.)
    • Dynamics, Tempo, bowing symbols are introduced early to improve ensemble & orchestral experience.
    • The concept of key signatures in relation to fingering positions is introduced. This is helpful in preparing students for ABRSM sight-reading tests up to the level of Grade 2.
    • Musical terms including Col Legno, Con Sord, Harmonics, Portamento etc. are brought forward from ABRSM Grade 4 Theory syallabus and included here as they are relevant to violin players.
    • Instead of the keyboard, the violin fingerboard will be used as references for learning about accidentals.
    • Violin fingerboard will also be used as references in introducing tone-semitone relationship as students are more familiar with the geographical locations of the notes on the violin fingerboard.
    • Works best together with practical violin book such as Eta Cohen Violin Method Book 1, Fiddle Time Joggers, Violin Star 1, A Tune A Day Book 1, Strictly Strings Book 1 or other equivalent books.
    • Upon completion of book 4, students will be ready for a smooth progression to Grade 1 Music Theory!


    Shouldn’t we let our young learners benefit from learning music theory like learners of other instruments?